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Michelle 'Changed History': Notes of Thanks in NYT

Gloria Steinem, Rashida Jones, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Jon Meacham express their gratitude

(Newser) - Michelle Obama has been using her last few months in the White House to tidy up her garden , make new friends , and take on Donald Trump . And four notables have penned thank-you notes to her for her efforts in the New York Times , which salutes the first lady for spending... More »

Christopher Guest's Mascots: Like 'Best of Show,' but With Humans

Movie features lots of familiar faces and 'deadpan' jokes—but they may be too familiar

(Newser) - There's no finer purveyor of the "mockumentary" than Christopher Guest, the director behind Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show (and, of course, known for his portrayal of Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap). Which is why the internet turned it up to 11 when it was announced in... More »

Fight Club Helped Me Decide to Keep My Galaxy Note 7

Mashable's Josh Dickey uses formula from movie to decide to keep Samsung phone

(Newser) - Samsung hasn't only recalled its Galaxy Note 7—it has stopped production entirely on the smartphone after replacement phones ended up catching fire, too. But for Josh Dickey, writing at Mashable , you'll have to wrest his Galaxy Note 7 "from my cold, possibly scorched hands" in a... More »

Young Widower Writes Moving Note to Hospital Staff

'I will remember that last hour together for the rest of my life': Peter DeMarco in 'NYT'

(Newser) - A simple thank-you card to the staff at Massachusetts' CHA Cambridge Hospital wasn't enough for writer Peter DeMarco after his 34-year-old wife, Laura Levis, died last month following a severe asthma attack, per Cosmopolitan . Instead, he penned a heartfelt missive to them that was published in Thursday's New ... More »

Desmond Tutu: I Want Option of Assisted Death

'Dying people should have the right to choose,' writes archbishop

(Newser) - On the same day that 2016's Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced , another Nobel laureate is making headlines with an opinion piece in the Washington Post —on making peace with life's end. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African activist who for years fought tirelessly for civil rights,... More »

The Left's 'Cultural Dominance' Is 'Suffocating'

And it would end if not for Trump: Ross Douthat

(Newser) - Liberals may have been peeved at Jimmy Fallon for his softball interview with Donald Trump, but that's nothing to how conservatives should feel about Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and many other late-night "propagandists," writes Ross Douthat. The conservative columnist's take at the New York ... More »

Can Blacks 'Get a Little' Ahmad Rahami Treatment?

Meaning not getting gunned down whenever cops want to talk or apprehend them: Shaun King

(Newser) - Shaun King is relieved cops caught New York/New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami Monday. And he calls it "amazing" in his essay for the New York Daily News that the two police officers in Linden, NJ, who apprehended Rahami were able to bring in the armed 28-year-old alive, all... More »

Pardon Snowden So He Can Work for US Public

Human rights officials make the case in NYT

(Newser) - Edward Snowden put out a public plea earlier this week for a pardon from President Obama—and two human rights activists agree with his call for clemency. Making their case for the ex-NSA contractor in the New York Times , Kenneth Roth (director of Human Rights Watch) and Salil Shetty (secretary... More »

Apple Dumped Headphone Jack Out of 'Greed,' 'Stupidity'

Mashable columnist laughs off company's claim that 'courage' led to getting rid of iPhone feature

(Newser) - Apple presented its new smartphone Wednesday, and nestled in with the iPhone 7's much-ballyhooed features was the disclosure that the company is getting rid of the phone's headphone jack—news that wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim , or much acclaim at all. Chris Taylor is one detractor... More »

Women Drink Because of Sexism—or Not

Ann Friedman ponders women's boozy side

(Newser) - A recent essay on Quartz by Kristi Coulter has been making waves on social media, with a (now-sober) Coulter saying she thinks 21st-century women guzzle too much hooch to forget about the sexist world we live in. Ann Friedman offers her own take, writing for the Washington Post that even... More »

Ryan Lochte 'Dumbest Bell That Ever Rang'

'WaPo' columnist calls out swimmer for 'obliviousness'

(Newser) - IOC spokesman Mario Andrada may think what went down in Rio with Ryan Lochte and three other US swimmers was just boys being boys , but Sally Jenkins has an entirely different take on Lochte's reported exploits. In a scathing opinion piece for the Washington Post , Jenkins writes that the... More »

'Lyin' Ted' Gets His Revenge

Trump snub leaves convention stunned

(Newser) - A few days ago, not many people would have bet on the GOP convention's most controversial moment coming from Ted Cruz instead of Donald Trump, but Trump will have to work hard to outdo what analysts are calling a stunning snub from his not-so-vanquished rival. Angry Republicans yelled "... More »

Ginsburg Blew It With Trump Remarks

Critics say her disparagement of Donald was 'unethical' and costs her credibility

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably need something harder than a bottle of fine California wine to get her to vote for Donald Trump in November—in fact, she doesn't even want to think about him as president, as she told the AP in an interview last week before piling... More »

Jennifer Aniston Shames Tabloids in Blistering Essay

She's sick of their warped view of womanhood

(Newser) - Jennifer Aniston wants to put something on the record: She is not pregnant, and she's fed up with the tabloid media, its practices, and the cultural standards they represent. In a blistering Huffington Post blog post, the star says she is "fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and... More »

There's a Silver Lining to Zika at the Olympics

It's weeding out the athletes who have no business being at the Games: David Kahn

(Newser) - Top athletes including Rory McIlroy have pulled out of the Rio Olympics over Zika concerns. Good riddance, argues David Kahn. "Golfers, along with stars from other already enriched sports, have no place in the Olympics," he writes at Bloomberg . Golfers and tennis players, who compete in international tournaments... More »

The UK Just Flipped the Whole World the Bird

Most reaction is ... strong

(Newser) - In what Annie Lowrey describes for New York as "Britain's middle finger to the world," Brexit is going forward and the UK will be leaving the European Union. And with that vote, "England just screwed us all," writes Felix Salmon for Fusion , lamenting the "... More »

Families of Slain Hostages to Obama: Save Austin Tice

US journalist is being held captive in Syria

(Newser) - American journalist Austin Tice—believed to be the only US reporter held hostage anywhere in the world—was captured in Syria in August 2012. Since then, US hostages James Foley , Peter Kassig , Kayla Mueller , and Steven Sotloff have been killed, and their families fear Tice's parents will soon have... More »

LGBT People Need More Guns, Not Fewer

Laws and cops can't save gay, transgender people—guns can, writes Nicki Stallard in 'NYT'

(Newser) - When Nicki Stallard first started her journey from a male body to a female one, she got a "preposterous" piece of safety advice that left her feeling insulted: Carry a whistle. "I didn't need a whistle; I had a gun," she writes in her New York ... More »

Barnes & Noble Is in Trouble, and Book Lovers Should Be Afraid

If you want quality books, you have to support B&N: Alex Shephard

(Newser) - Thanks to a load of long-term debt and flagging sales , Barnes & Noble's days on this planet may be numbered. But Alex Shephard writes for the New Republic that although there may be a temptation to "gloat, the death of Barnes & Noble would be catastrophic—not just... More »

Writer Mercilessly Mocked by Gawker Defends Gawker

Stephen Marche stands up for website

(Newser) - Gawker loves to mock Esquire columnist Stephen Marche, as he himself points out in the pages of the New York Times . Among other things, he's made the site's list of the "worst 100 white men" in history, as well as its roundup of "least important writers.... More »

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